John Bannister Tabb

(1845-1909 / the United States)

Brotherhood - Poem by John Bannister Tabb

Knew not the Sun, sweet Violet,
The while he gleaned the snow,
That thou in darkness sepulchred,
Wast slumbering below?
Or spun a splendor of surprise
Around him to behold thee rise?

Saw not the Star, sweet Violet,
What time a drop of dew
Let fall his image from the sky
Into thy deeper blue?
Nor waxed he tremulous and dim
When rival Dawn supplanted him?

And dreamest thou, sweet Violet,
That I, the vanished Star,
The Dewdrop, and the morning Sun,
Thy closest kinsmen are-
So near that, waking or asleep,
We each and all thine image keep?

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, September 1, 2010

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